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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 31 n° 344

Dubai welcomes the penultimate leg of naseba seven challenge

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 30 novembre 2011

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Dubai, UAE, Dubai resident Scott Ragsdale is now within touching distance of successfully completing naseba seven – so named because it entails seven iron-distance triathlons across the seven Emirates of the UAE in seven consecutive days. Today he is in Dubai, where he has lived for the past five years. The penultimate day of the challenge started at 7.00am; with Scott swimming the required 3.8 km in the ocean adjacent to the Union House flagpole that commemorates the birthplace of the UAE. On December 2nd 1971 the rulers of all seven Emirates met inside this house to sign the declaration that brought into effect a temporary constitution – and established the independent state of the United Arab Emirates. During the course of today he’ll pass local landmarks the World Islands, Burj Khalifa and Safa Park, amongst others. He’ll finish today’s leg of naseba seven at the offices of his company in Dubai Media City.Having successfully swam across the English Channel last year, the UAE was selected as the venue of this year’s challenge due to Ragsdale’s affinity to the country, and in honour of the Emirates 40th anniversary – which coincides with the American’s 40th birthday. “I love every bit of the UAE and thought, why can’t we put something together here? That’s how naseba seven was born, out of personal ambition, the type of ambition I’m seeking to inspire into others by completing the seven iron-distance triathlons,” he explained.In fact, naseba seven has been officially incorporated in to the 40th UAE National Day celebrations programme – as well as being endorsed by the country’s leading body for all sporting and youth-related activities, the UAE General Authority of Youth and Sports Welfare. It has also received support from many UAE bodies, including the Abu Dhabi Municipality and the Abu Dhabi Sports Council.Right from the start its theme has been “but I have to make it happen…” and its aim is to prove that anyone can achieve something exceptional, if the appropriate focus, preparation and determination are applied. Ragsdale continued: “There are lots of [so called] average people out there doing exceptional things. I am nobody special, trying to do something physically special. Ideally, people who hear about my challenge will reflect on themselves; reflect on their own goals and dreams. A dream or goal means nothing if you don’t make the necessary preparation and effort and go after it.” Tomorrow’s finale takes place in Abu Dhabi, with the climax being hosted at its picturesque corniche. It will see the UAE General Authority of Youth and Sports Welfare, the Abu Dhabi Municipality and both the Abu Dhabi and Dubai Sports Council joining Scott to celebrate his unique accomplishment.
“I wanted to prove to myself I can be consistent and focused enough to make this happen – and ideally through my actions I will inspire those around me,” he remarked.

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